Cocktails by the Pool

July 22, 2016

Oh my word! This soap was a PAIN to make.  But you all know me.  Once I get an idea in my head I pretty much can’t let it go until I try it.

Cocktails by the Pool: Top Notes: Sparkling Lemon, Honeydew, Pear. Middle Notes: Vibrant Orange, Pineapple, Nectarine. Base Notes: Lily of the Valley, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vanilla.

Here’s the pretty soap!

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Here’s all the behind the scenes it took to make this soap!  It’s safe to say that this is a one time design and you’ll likely never see it again (but then again now that the mold is made…)

First, I had to make a silicon mat imprint of the sea creatures/shells.  This was not an easy process and what I ended up with was far from perfect.

I made MP piece of the shapes.
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Then I had to get them to stay attached to the bottom of freezer paper so I could pour a flexible silicon over them to create a reversed mat imprint.

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As you can see some of the silicon seeped under the MP piece (even though I did tape them down).  They were a pain to get out (and that’s putting it nicely).

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When it was all said and done I had an imprint mat, but it wasn’t clean or perfect.

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Second, I then had to pour CP soap into the mold.  Once that harden up I made a new batch of soap the next day and made my loaf (in this case a tiger swirl).

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Then I also make MP pieces to place on top of the mold so I’d have sea shapes on the top and bottom.

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Here’s the soap once I unmolded.  Imprints on both the top and the bottom.  The CP imprints aren’t perfect, but overall I think it’s cute enough.

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Way too much work!  That’s all I can say about this soap!


Jamaica Me Crazy

July 13, 2016

This too was a happy accident!  I found the palm tree when I found the shells and it turned this two color (gradient) soap into something so much more!

Jamaica Me Crazy: begins with top notes of mandarin, Mexican lime, tangerine, and kumquat;  middle and base notes of watermelon, tart green apples, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon.

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Weekend in Maui

June 28, 2016

I couldn’t find the right size stamps I wanted for this soap. I had this really cool idea that just never happened.   This soap is pretty…but it just lacks a wow factor for me.

Weekend in Maui: Top Notes: Valencia Orange, Italian Mandarin, Cassis, Anjou Pear. Middle Notes: Star Jasmine, Plum Blossoms, Vanilla Orchid. Base Notes: Sandalwood, Golden Amber, Musk, Palm Woods

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Sweet Orange & Chili Pepper

June 21, 2016

This soap didn’t turn out how I expected (wanted).  When I read about the fragrance it said it accelerated trace slightly so I thought it’d be a great one to do layers on.  Well let me tell you…there was NO trace acceleration whatsoever for me! (Why you should always test fragrances yourself for how they react…I know this!)  Anyway my patience lost out on this soap and I did not get straight layers like I wanted.

Sweet Orange Chili Pepper: is the sassy, saucy combination of Valencia Orange, Sparkling Bergamot, Tangerine Zest, Tart Cassis, Orange Juice, Neroli, Ground Pepper, Fiery Chili Pepper, and Sheer Musk.

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My photography skills are okay at best.  My photoshop skills on the other hand are pretty good.  I’ve lots to learn that’s for sure, but I’ve learned a lot of tips and tricks for editing photos.  Take a look at this “before” (what I got on my camera) and “after” (what I photoshopped).

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I couldn’t get the blue to go away on my camera and since the soap colors where coming out true to the soap I decided not to mess with the background and just photoshop it, since it’s easier to fix that that to get the soap colors to be true to reality.

 


Black Currant Vanilla

June 15, 2016

Do you like the black raspberry vanilla scent?  If you do you’ll probably like this one.  I call it the tangier-tarter version of raspberry vanilla.  It’s got that sweet undertone, but there’s a bit of a kick to it.  I really like it.  I was surprised HOW much I liked it.

This soap did NOT go as planned when I was making it.  It was supposed to be mostly white with purple and gray swirls in it.  Well when I added the fragrance the soap go super thin and when I tried to swirl it everything kind of mixed together and I got this purplish-grayish (distinctly lacking white) soap.  I mean it’s still pretty, but I KNEW what I was going for and this was not it!

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Apricot & Peaches

June 11, 2016

The goal of this soap was to get embedded cubes (of different oranges) in a light orange base soap.  I made plenty of embeds, but when I cut the soap I missed most of them! (The pictured one has the best bare of the bunch for actually hitting the embeds!)  So as you use the soap you’ll see different colors emerging.  The smell is nice and light and sweet and fruity.  It’s a perfect summer blend. I put one aside for me already!

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PS: A little side note – I meant to have an apricot in the picture too, but somehow (despite having a list) I walked out of the food store without an apricot!)


Wisteria Boulevard

March 24, 2016

Last year when I made my cider soap I did a five layer alternating diagonal design for a 10 lb batch of soap.  It took FOREVER.  I loved the look and wanted to make it again, but I knew I had to do it on a smaller batch of soap.  So, here it is again with just four layers.

WISTERIA BLVD: classic floral fragrance comprises ultra-feminine notes of Wisteria, Rose, Violet and Ylang with undertones of precious woods and tender musks for a captivating and enchanting scent.

Top Notes: Melon, Peach, Coconut, Apple
Middle Notes: Ylang Ylang, Rose, Jasmine, Violet, Wisteria
Base Notes: Vanilla, Musk

I think it turned out really pretty.

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